Abom, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world’s first anti-fogging heated goggles with integrated rechargeable batteries, announced today the receipt of a Phase I SBIR $148,495 award from United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) under the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The SBIR award is for ABOM’s team to conduct a feasibility study to develop an innovative tactical active anti-fogging goggle or spectacle in a smaller form factor than traditional goggles.
Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel operate for long durations in harsh environments that expose them to punishing temperatures, winds, heat, and humidity, as well as many other environmental hazards. Combat eyewear protection is necessary to prevent eye injuries in these circumstances. As operators rapidly change environments or undergo physical exertion, fogging/condensation can form inside protective eyewear resulting in a substantial decrease in visual acuity which restricts functionality in austere environments. The goal of this feasibility study is to develop tactical active anti-fogging goggle or spectacle platform that enhances situational awareness, operational readiness, and sustained human performance and effectiveness while operating in harsh environmental conditions.